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ACL Festival

Three things you may or may not know….I absolutely LOVE Austin…I LOVE music…and…I’m not a big fan of crowds.  My love of Austin won out this past weekend and I spent 2 pretty full days at the ACL Music Festival.  I fully enjoyed myself and caught some great acts including: Ha Ha Tonka, Delta Spirit, James Blake, Big Boi, Kurt Vile, Nas, Pretty Lights, Kanye West, Coldplay, Telekinesis, The Antlers, Young the Giant, Cut Copy, TV on the Radio, My Morning Jacket.

We also waited to see Stevie Wonder who was Headlining Saturday night but he was late and when he did come, I was off to the side of some 60,000 people 50,000 of whom couldn’t really hear him.  That was the one big disappointment.  I mean, how many chances do you get to see someone like Stevie Wonder play live?  I can now say that I saw him play…but I definitely didn’t hear him.  The reviews from those who did hear him were very, very good.

I also missed out on seeing some bands that I was really dying to see.  Some because, it’s just too much and others because Sunday daytime was spent being a soccer dad to all 3 kids and their games/practices.  We almost went back to catch Arcade Fire close it out Sunday night but my fear of crowds won out and the thought of heading into a park with 70,000 folks was too much.  That’s the major disappointment as it’s the 2nd time within a year that I’ve missed them play here and apparently Win Butler ended the show with, “Thanks…we won’t see you all for a couple of years so take care of yourselves.”

Other missed chances were: Chromeo, Cee-Lo, Iron and Wine, Alexander, J. Roddy Walston, Phosphorescent, Dale Enhardt, Jr. Jr., Mariachi El Bronx, The Head and the Heart, The Walkmen, Broken Social Scene, Social Distortion & Elbow.


Luckily, it being Austin…we’re not too far away from more great music.  Next up is my favorite festival of the year…Fun Fun Fun Fest.  A mix of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance/Electronica, Hardcore and Metal.  Until that…it’s time to get those 3 glaze kilns fired so I have some nice new work for Bayou City Downtown.



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Posted in austin, music on 09/19/2011 02:45 pm

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